So, Open Office Hours with SG essentially means that I will spend my free time (which is increasingly rare these days) working with young artists, entrepreneurs, students and others. On problems that YOU need help with. And if nothing else, listening to things that you may wish to talk about.
In one line, think of a me as a coach. Of course unlike coaches that have no skin in the game, I will put mine on the line.
Here are some details.
What are you doing?
I will spend 1-hour chunks with people who need a bouncing board or an advisor.
I can talk about host of things. An incomplete list include advertising, badly formatted documents, blogging, branding, communication, consumer behaviour, design thinking (not design), entertainment, events, marketing, music, growth (not growth hacking), life, philosophy, purpose, poker, relationships, travel, writing and other things.
I know its a long list. Trust me, there is nothing as cool as being able to see things from multidisciplinary lens.
Who am I? What makes you think that you can dole out advice?
I have a MBA from MDI, Gurgaon (class of 2006). This means that I have been working for 12 years now. My work has taken me to more than 20 countries and I have worked on some of the biggest brands in the world.
Apart from this, I am an author and a blogger. I enjoy playing poker and pool. And the three things that I will do before Jan 1, 2026 are: Climb the Mt. Everest, create a personal networth of USD 1 bn and impact a billion lives.
Oh and I am on this constant pursuit to be better. Read this post.
What makes me believe that I can give advice?
Nothing. But I want to. You know what they say? The teacher appears when the student is ready.
Are you ready?
Why am I doing this?
a. Working with young people helps me become better. This is thus a selfish endeavour. In fact to become a better marketer, I need to continue to practise my skills. And working on your marketing or growth problems will help me grow. Plus the sheer variety of problems that I will get to work on and the kind of people I will get to see will be an experience in itself.
b. I wish to give back. Thing is, when I was growing up, I was super lucky to have access to a lot of people that helped me without expecting anything in return. This is an attempt to emulate them and help others.
c. Like Steve Jobs said, old must give way to the new, this is my attempt to help the new usher in faster.
How does this work?
Most weekends, I have spare time that I can either spend watching the next season of Narcos or I could sit with young ones that could do with some counsel.
How much does this cost?
Serious. This is an experiment. Lets see if I get any takers. There are no hidden costs. Promise.
Questions? Thoughts? Inputs? Comments?
I am on twitter at @saurabh.